If Mirrors Could Speak : Self-Image Film
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- 2004-09-05 20:16:57
Subject: surveillance in place of forced conformity
Subject: very cute n funny
Subject: A shura, a demon who shall love only himself
Subject: Adult Swim!
Subject: Self-improvement can be achieved in a matter of seconds...
The mirror should have asked for it in writing!
Subject: Mirrors left me practically speechless.
Telling the depressed kid he needs to cheer up or people won't like him is just plain rotten. Make the kid feel worse about his behavior and that'll make him better? Unlikely. No one LIKES being depressed. There's probably a reason he's down.
The mean and selfish girl.. You think she'll really 'become nice' or will she just learn how to hide her actions better? Bonus fail for the gender stereotype BTW.
Sadly, the only kid I come out of this thinking is marginally better off is the bully. He's at least confident in his identity and assertive about who he is. It may come back to haunt him later in life or maybe he knows his strengths and assets and he'll find a place for himself.
Subject: The one who did not change...
The other clowns who did change were very sad when he died because they were big fans of the commedian.
Subject: ...and some people never learn.
Subject: Something's wrong here
Having spent 9 years working in adolescent crisis and psychiatric rehab facilities, I have seen that decent loving children can be turned into what may seem like monsters by and through abuse, neglect, and other external influences.
Having grown up in that era, and having watched many of these films myself, I have always been disappointed in the system's hypocritical and narrow minded point of view. I know first hand how a child may be trying to reach out and seek help, but are turned away and ignored because of lack of interest or knowledge on the system's part, and the assumption that the child is willfully disobedient or bad. I also know that in those days, and perhaps still today, the system empowered with teaching and edifying these children find it hard that these children are capable of intellectual and independent thought, concepts and ideas. And that through the fostering of one’s special skills or talents they can greatly improve the value of that child’s worth in their own eyes and in the eyes of society. Maybe that is just too much to expect of a system that is under paid and under staffed.
I think that the film whitewashes the faces of the children’s true issues and problems with a blanket assumption that their behavior is willful and deliberate, and ignores the potentially dangerous underlying issues that may be causing the symptomatic behaviors. The use of the magic mirror to encourage the children to reject their internal issues and conform to society’s expectations is currently reinforced in the media today, and is perpetuated in how things are sold... “do this or buy that so that you look better, feel better, and do better..at least as far as everyone else is concerned.”
That’s how I feel about it anyway.
Subject: If Mirrors Could Speak
Subject: i know george...
Subject: Classic Progressive 1970s Edu-Film
The concept behind If Mirrors Could Speak is a brilliant one - a great application of introspective psychology. A talking mirror shows some troubled kids their reflections as clowns, then helps them help themselves by coming to terms with their behavior and emotions in order to build a positive self image.
One by one, the kids' clown faces disappear as their positive true selves come out. Of course, one kid, George, is not moved by his reflection in the mirror. His clown face remains, and the viewer is left with the impression that he will be a clown - and probably a sociopath or criminal - for the rest of his life.
This film manages to be funny, sad, touching, and scary - and definitely food for thought. It reminds me of a gentler time when schools actually cared about the psychological well-being of students.
I myself had two wonderful, progressive teachers. One believed in deep relaxation hypnosis in the classroom, while the other was a master of behavior psychology who was a great motivator and builder of self esteem. Both these teachers also believed in teaching kids self-empowerment while at the same time, teaching the value of compassion and kindess toward others - no religion required.
Above all, teachers in the 1970s often asked students, "How are you feeling today?" and were there to listen and to help. Nowadays, the schools are underfunded, the classrooms are overcrowded, the teachers are barely qualified, and competition is more valued than creativity.
Worst of all is that violence and depression have become epidemics among school children of all ages, and it seems that the only solution to these problems lies in a bottle of prescription medication.
Maybe if the concepts behind If Mirrors Could Talk were still taught to children at a young age, they wouldn't need to be drugged and they wouldn't end up committing suicide or shooting up their schools.
Subject: Be a clownÂ
Subject: Not as good as it could have been...
The film analyses three class clowns. The first example of a "clown" analysed in the movie is a kid who is essentially shyer than anybody I have ever encountered in my lifetime. The second is a rather precocious little girl who screams to get attention and sometimes cheats on tests by copying off the test papers of her classmates. The third is this heavy boy who seems to exhibit at least four of Dr. Phil's seven signs of a future serial killer. Two of these kids learn to change and quickly adapt by conforming to the expectations of the class, one kid (you have two guesses) doesn't give a darn that he is a clown to others and decides to continue his life as a clown.... and that boy grew up to be Violent Jay from the Insane Clown Posse... actually, he doesn't... and this movie doesn't really entertain in the ways that clowns are often though to entertain.
This film is worth watching because of the old 70's clothing and the brief odd moments of misbehavior exhibited by the three children.
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